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PORTLAND — Fifty unaccompanied children crossed the border from Mexico to the United States relocating in Oregon. Federal officials have confirmed that the children arrived here between January 1st and July 7th. More than 200 children were relocated to Washington state, and 3,000 in California.
Federal officials have not confirmed how many of those are among the 57,000 children who have flooded in the U.S. since October to escape the violence in Central America.
Governor John Kitzhaber acknowledged their presence for the first time on Thursday.
“These children are fleeing their homelands because of overwhelming violence and economic hardship, and they do not deserve to become political fodder. Oregon has been a welcoming home to the unaccompanied minors and refugee children, and will continue to be so while we wait on Congress to adopt more responsible immigration policies.”
Morrison Child and Family Services, a Portland non-profit was awarded $3,694,729 in federal grant money for the 2014 fiscal year to house unaccompanied immigrant children.
Patricia DiNucci, the organization’s chief administrative officer declined comment citing a confidentiality agreement and media policy with Health and Human Services.